Smallmouth Strategies is a complete guide to taking smallmouth on the fly rod in all types of habitat, throughout the year and up and down the water column. At its core is a thorough study of the smallmouth's life cycle, behavior, forage, and seasonal and daily movements, with a detailed season-by-season analysis of techniques and strategies that truly work. This is an important book about one of fly fishing's least-understood fish.
|Publisher:||Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Will Ryan teaches writing at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and has been an ardent smallmouth angler since childhood. His articles have appeared in many outdoor magazines, including Outdoor Life, American Angler, and Fly Fisherman..
Chris Armstrong's illustrations have appeared in Bassmaster and Outdoor Life magazines.
Table of Contents
|2||A Sport Nevertheless||9|
|3||The Biological Bass||21|
|4||Principles of Smallmouth Fishing||33|
|5||The Right Stuff||51|
|6||Spring and Early-Summer Fishing||65|
|7||Imitating Aquatic Insects||77|
|8||Imitating Frogs, Mice, and Surface Minnows||91|
|11||Finding Smallmouths in Lakes, Reservoirs, and Major Rivers||137|
|12||Open-Water Patterns and Presentations||149|
|Appendix A||The Best Smallmouth Waters||183|
|Appendix B||Patterns, Presentations, and Water Types Reference Charts||189|
|Appendix C||Fly Patterns||193|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Smallmouth Strategies for the Fly Rod based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
while this book explores ryan's years of experience and gives great information on deep water fly fishing (the st. lawrence river and new england lakes for the most part), it is more valuable for the care and research put into describing the smallmouth forage in lakes,rivers and streams. numerous data is listed from all areas of the country, and the historical aspect of smallmouth fishing that ryan incorporates can't be beat.I espescially liked his description of the first stocking of smallmouths in the upper potomac in 1856, by rail from ohio. the book is very scientific in some parts, but Ryan is also good at relating personal fishing stories and makes the book fun to read. he is also a good fly tier and reveals many personal favorites(i like the soft shell crayfish fly).